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UF/IFAS Researchers Close in on a Tastier Tomato

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Tomatoes

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — In their quest for a tastier tomato, University of Florida scientists are finding traits they believe will tempt consumers with flavor that triggers their senses even more. They’re making significant progress on improving the UF-developed Tasti-Lee™ tomato – and it will feature improved flavor and aroma. “Modern tomato cultivars typically have poor flavor as compared to …

SmartIrrigation Apps Improve Water-Use Efficiency

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Vasileios Liakos and George Vellidis Ample water is a critical input needed to grow high-yielding, high-quality crops. Today, irrigated agriculture represents 20 percent of the total cultivated land, but contributes 40 percent of the total food produced worldwide. Due to overuse, droughts and growing demand by urban and industrial users, competition for available fresh water supplies is rapidly increasing. …

A Look Inside the GCREC

Abbey Taylor Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Research, Top Posts

Faculty members at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) pride themselves on providing cutting-edge research for Florida’s agriculture industries. Located in Wimauma, the 475-acre facility sits in the heart of Hillsborough County. The center features large fields of research plots, laboratories, educational programs and space for student living. …

VSC Expo Sees Success

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSC Expo

The 2019 Vegetable & Specialty Crop (VSC) Expo, held in conjunction with the 28-year-old Citrus Expo, saw great success with the largest crowd in Expo history on Aug. 14–15 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. With more than 200 exhibitors and a stellar educational program, themed “Growing Stronger,” growers were able to meet with suppliers, mingle …

Study Shows Pickled Cucumbers Linked to Anti-Hypertension

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda As one of the top five fermented foods in the United States, pickled cucumbers may be linked to anti-hypertensive qualities. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) have shown the production of certain bioactive peptides that are known to be anti-hypertensive are in pickled cucumbers. Suzanne Johanningsmeier, USDA ARS research food technologist, …

Closing the Information Gap on the Produce Safety Rule

Karla Arboleda Produce, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda A study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service showed that growers across the United States expressed uncertainty over new food safety requirements for their operations due to an information gap. Researchers compared illness outbreaks associated with tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupes and apples between 1998 and 2016. In order to have the first …

Studying Muscadine Grapes for Sparkling Wine

Karla Arboleda Grapes, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Florida sparkling wine is getting help from the scientists working with the muscadine grapes that are native to the deep Southeast. Andrew MacIntosh, assistant professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS), studies carbonation methods for sparkling wine for growers to learn more on …

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UF/IFAS Researchers Honored for Avocado Integrated Pest Management

Dan Cooper Avocado, Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) officials recognized a team of research scientists with a High Impact Research Publication award for an article published in the May 2018 edition of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, an international scholarly science journal. The publication, “Identification of the Achilles heels of the laurel wilt pathogen and its beetle vector,” introduces new pest management tactics for South …